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Look of the Week: Gift Ideas for the Hip Bay Area Mom

Look of the Week: Gift Ideas for the Hip Bay Area Mom

Whether she's more of a techie, tennis-lover, runner or cheesemonger, we're guessing your mom is pretty awesome. And well, awesome moms deserve awesome gifts. Here are our picks ($13-$198) to help you show your thanks this Mother's Day.

SF Street Style: One Guy, Three Looks, Bernal Heights

SF Street Style: One Guy, Three Looks, Bernal Heights

I met photographer Abraham (Abe) Espiritu a few years back, and have always dug how he pieces modern and vintage clothing to present personal, yet on-trend looks. Last weekend, I asked him to pull together a few rain-and-shine spring looks for a little photoshoot in his hood, Bernal Heights. The end result included a fantastic mix of rain boots, black-on-black, white pants, sockless oxfords, a cool chambray, and fiery vintage prints. Check it out.

Local Startup Personal Capital Puts You Back in Control of Your Financial Life

Personal Capital Seeks to Put You Vack in Control of Your Financial Life

“Why shouldn't anyone be able to do anything and everything with their money with a few taps?” asks Bill Harris, CEO of Personal Capital, pulling out his iPad. “Managing your financial life should not be this complicated.”<--break->

Visual Sharing App Showyou Says Twitter is Kicking Facebook's Butt

Check this out: Sixty hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, which translates to an hour of video every second.

Think about that. No single human being is ever going to watch all of these clips of "Charlie Bit My Finger," not to mention kittens, music performances and product demos. We need curators.

Men's Look of the Week: 10 Ultra Manly iPad + Tablet Cases

Rugged. Handsome. Functional. Everything you'd want in a tablet case, no? With clever new designs and materials like aircraft-grade aluminum (#5), premium selvage denim (#6), and re-purposed WWII canvas (#9) being used to protect your precious cargo, tablet cases are now more manly than ever. 

Pageonce Lets You Keep Track of (and Pay) Your Bills on Your Mobile

The average American adult has to pay 11 bills a month, which collectively means we pay some 15 billion bills, which adds up to nearly $4 trillion per year.

Aiming to help us manage this tangled mass of payments is the Palo Alto startup Pageonce, which has developed what its C.O.O. Steve Schultz calls a “remote control for your personal finances” that works on your smartphone, the web, or as of this week, an iPad.

Look of the Week: 6 iPad Bags We Love

Oh, the beauty of supply and demand. Now you can keep your precious iPad safe and sound in some very pretty packaging by iconic designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Jacobs. The emerging trend of tech-friendly arm candy makes us ask -- why weren't lapbot bags this lovely? P.S. If you're eyeing these for your Android tablet, don't worry, we won't tell.  

The Buzz Builds Around Amazon's Tablet as a Major Challenge to Apple's iPad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's been almost a year and a half since Apple launched the iPad, and to date it's sold some 29 million units of the device.

Competitors like Samsung, HP, Motorola and RIM have tried but failed to come up with tablets that could challenge the iPad's success, but now there's apparently a new kid about to join the fray.

And that would be Amazon.

Although we won't know for sure until Wednesday, when the Seattle-based retailer has scheduled a press conference, word has leaked out that Amazon's tablet is a color version of its Kindle e-reader, that operates like the iPad by touch, and with a smaller screen (seven inches as opposed to ten).

That we know, or think we know, all of these details prior to the company's formal announcement is significant if only because, outside of Apple, Amazon is one of the most secretive technology product companies around.

Inkling 2.0 Brings Collaborative Learning Model to Textbooks on the iPad

It’s Get Back to School time, and Inkling, the leading company reinventing textbooks on the iPad, has just won Apple’s approval for its 2.0 app. CEO Matt MacInnis calls it “the single most complex iPad app out there," and he may well be right.

It combines a 3-D rendering engine, a complex reading engine, and a full social search engine all wrapped into one, which also syncs across the devices you use to access it.

From a developer’s perspective, that’s complex.

Fortunately, from a user’s perspective, Inkling is simple to use. You tap on this, pull out that, scroll down here, and dig deeper over there.

The most striking aspect of Inkling 2.0 is the interactive social layer it has integrated across its current inventory of 50 academic titles, which will grow to 100 titles by year’s end.

Inkling Reinvents Textbooks as Interactive, Multimedia Learning Tools on the Tablet

When it comes to a legacy technology that badly needs to be disrupted, it's hard to imagine a better example than the college textbook.

It's big, heavy, expensive (often over $200), and  -- as Matt MacInnis, CEO of the disruptive digital textbook company, Inkling, jokes -- "It's out of date before it even gets to the printer."

Students have to lug these anachronisms around in backpacks, only to read a chapter here and there as assigned by their professors. New editions appear every two or three years, rendering the older editions essentially worthless.

Second-hand bookstores do a thriving business on campuses as students try to stay within their budgets. Book-sharing, renting, and lending as well as illegal copying all occur as well.

A professor trying to teach from a core textbook in many subjects often finds it resembles the Winchester Mystery House, with chapters added on willy-nilly to a structure that originated many editions in the past, often decades ago.

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